Anthony Wayne Theater – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Cityscape Oil Painting     9 x 12 inches    SOLD
   
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Another bad painting photo from the Wayne Plein Air Festival. Between painting, socializing, framing, searching for sites and a million other things, I ALWAYS forget to take professional photos of my work at festivals. I’m gonna have to work on that!

This painting gives you a very general (and blurry) view of the iconic theater in downtown Wayne. It was drizzling all day so I took refuge under the overhang of an old, columned bank on Main Street. The friendly workers in the building behind me watched every step of the artwork, bringing me water and coffee to get me through.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

St. Davids’ Gate – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     9 x 12 inches    SOLD
   
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My host family at the Wayne Plein Air Festival told me about their old church and the beautiful surrounding grounds. The chapel was built in 1715! I visited the area a few times and captured this scene late one afternoon.

One of the dilemmas of these festivals is that you want to take photos of your art, but it is all shiny and wet. Its almost impossible to avoid the reflected light on the surface, so you just have to do the best you can. Sometimes the paintings come back to you, but when a piece sells (like this one did) you have to make peace with a not-so-perfect image to remember it by…

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Osteria – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Cityscape Oil Painting     12 x 12 inches
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The Wayne Plein Air Festival was amazing! The countryside near Philadelphia is filled with curving roads, rolling hills, old farms and churches and quaint towns. Just my cup of tea! I met some of the premier plein air painters in the country and made new friends with my wonderful hosts. An artist’s dream.

This is the last painting (of 14) that I did in downtown Wayne. Artists filled the city painting the old buildings and streets. I was attracted to a little Italian restaurant, flying the flag of Italy, the country of my heritage. The building was in deep shadow with the area behind lit by bright sunlight. (Unfortunately, this is a photo shot on the run and not the best representation of it…) That night, at the elegant gala, I was totally amazed to win the Golden Artist Colors Award. Thank you juror T. Allen Lawson and all of the wonderful organizers and volunteers!

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Some of my paintings at the exhibit.

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With Jim Laurino and Zufar Bikbov, amazing painters!

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Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Regent Court – Pastel Painting

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Pastel commissioned architecture painting    12 inches x 18 inches    SOLD
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I think,  I HOPE it’s safe to post this painting now…

My friend and wonderful artist, Steve Gilzow, sent me a client who was looking for a painter to create a portrait of his late parent-in-laws’ home. He wanted to give it to his wife for Mother’s Day and make giclee prints for her siblings. And it had to be done quickly. Early April weather in Michigan is a dicey proposition. Its often cold and rainy and there’s not much foliage yet. Nevertheless, I went out to the house with my client one day and shot about 50 reference shots. He wanted to include a special family bench that was at another location, so he brought it back and shot some photos of it for me a few days later.

I sent him 4 or 5 cropped compositions that I thought would work and he approved one. My challenge was to include the bench, flowers and leaves…and make the scene look like a lovely, sunny May day. I got it done in time to have it photographed and printed well before Mother’s Day so that my client could have it framed. WHEW!  Thanks Mark!!

You can see some of my other commissioned paintings here:  www.jillwagnerart.com/commissions

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This artwork was created with:
Paper: Kitty Wallis Warm Belgian Mist Paper
Medium: Rembrandt Pastels and Sennelier Pastels

Set Up – Oil Painting

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Interior Oil Painting     12 x 12 inches
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Although plein air painting is still my current obsession, I’m really loving working on paintings of bar and restaurant interiors as well. After painting outdoors, I was finding it difficult to paint landscapes in the studio from reference photos. I felt it was time to switch to another subject matter for my studio paintings during the cold winter months in Michigan. For some reason I feel freer to change compositions, elements and colors and don’t feel as tied to the reference shots I use for inspiration. And I love the idea of the story or narrative that these types of paintings imply. I sometimes make up little plots about the people in the artwork and often wonder what viewers see in my small scenes.

Let me know if you see some story line playing out in this piece. I’d love to hear what your viewpoint is!

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

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